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Helen Betts | all galleries >> Touring the Gulf States >> Doha: Pearl of the Gulf >> Glimpse into Qatari Culture: 'Zabra' > 'Al-Aroos'
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There was a photography exhibition at the art gallery in the cultural village titled “Zabra,” the most precious moment of one’s lifetime. “It is a traditional Qatari word that defines the dressing up for special occasions, it stems from our genuine heritage, our great history and our own identity to describe one’s maximum feeling of honor, pride and excitement in a specific time and definite place,” says the exhibit brochure.

I photographed a lot of the exhibit as it was just stunning, and the more I look at the images, the more taken I am with them, an insight into Qatari culture that I never could have found on my own.

“A bride is ready for her wedding ceremony, she wears a golden abaya 'Um Samjah'.”

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BleuEvanescence13-Jun-2015 08:27
meekam tam27-Mar-2015 10:55
Magnificent object of art beautifully captured! V
Carol Rollins20-Feb-2015 02:55
This is so beautifully done and you captured all the best of this photo.
Julie Oldfield19-Feb-2015 03:26
Excellent detail.
janescottcumming19-Feb-2015 00:25
This one is quite expressive...great details! V
Allan Jay18-Feb-2015 21:25
Stunning detail and clarity.... Helen *V*
Patricia Kay17-Feb-2015 17:21
So very beautiful with excellent details and light Helen...BV
Alexander Kazakov17-Feb-2015 17:00
Outstanding! V
Graeme17-Feb-2015 09:49
So elegant and rich looking, Helen.V
Carol Rollins14-Feb-2015 18:21
Incredibly beautiful.
Long Bach Nguyen14-Feb-2015 15:43
MarcViskens14-Feb-2015 10:09
beautiful close-up Helen
Tom LeRoy14-Feb-2015 08:49
A beautiful shot, Helen. Well presented with great details. V
Gill Kopy14-Feb-2015 04:31
The intricate patterns on the abaya are amazing - and such a beautiful shot V
pkocinski14-Feb-2015 00:04
Martin Lamoon13-Feb-2015 21:12
It looks amazing, she must be rich!
Will Hoskins13-Feb-2015 21:01
I know it's a lot of work, but I for one would like to see more of these images. You did a great job on this one, Helen. V
Mairéad13-Feb-2015 20:12
A fascinating image. Looks 3D.
Colin Storey13-Feb-2015 20:11
Great artwork and image of it. v
joseantonio13-Feb-2015 19:40
Very nice capture and presentation.V.
Isabel Cutler13-Feb-2015 18:57
Quite fanciful. I wonder what the intended venue, other than a museum, is for this piece. I assume there is no face on it.
John Hamers13-Feb-2015 18:35
Beautiful part of the exhibit. captured very nicely !!V